Siem Reap & Phnom Penh
Upon arrival in Siem Reap International Airport, you will welcome by our driver and then transfer you to hotel for check in.
|Tours Destination||Siem Reap and Phnom Penh|
|Nature of Tours||Flavours of Cambodia|
Price of Tours
- All land sightseeing and transportation
- Accommodation in sharing room
- English speaking local guide
- All entrance fees
- Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake
- Pure drinking water during sightseeing
- Service not mentioned in program
- All Meals / Compulsory meals
- International flight ticket to Cambodia
- Visa for Cambodia currently USD30 per person
- Single room (quote separated)
- One-way domestic flight ticket from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- Expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident of illness)
Photo of Tours
Itinerary Day by Day
Upon arrival in Siem Reap International Airport, you will welcome by our driver and then transfer you to hotel for check in. Overnight in Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel. We start outgoing sights by journey out to the Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. Then we continue to Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. In the afternoon, we visit the sites of Angkor Thom, including Victory Gate, the Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. Then Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat from Bakheng hill.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we visit local villages and have a boat cruise on Tonle Sap Lake to witness the daily lives of Cambodia’s rural population living in floating villages. In the afternoon, free for shopping. Overnight in Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel
We then transfer you to Siem Reap International Airport for catching onward departure flight out to Phnom Penh at morning time. Upon arrival in Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be welcome by our guide and driver and then transfer you to hotel for check in.
This afternoon, we come face to face with the horrific crimes of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng was a former high school that the Khmer Rouge turned into a centre for interrogation, torture and death. Today it is a museum of torture and serves to remind visitors of the terrible atrocities that came to pass in Cambodia. 17,000 people passed through the gates of this prison and only seven lived to tell the tale. The Khmer Rouge were meticulous in their record keeping, photographing all the prisoners and many of these haunting black and white images are on display in the cells. Enemies of the revolution were killed here, as well as many Khmer Rouge loyalists, denounced by an ever more paranoid political party. It became a production line for killing, as those that worked within its walls were unwaveringly loyal to Pol Pot. The party did not make mistakes, so those sent here had to be guilty. The role of the prison was not to prove innocence but to confirm guilt. Tuol Sleng is a profoundly moving experience and not everyone will want to visit.
However, it is key to understanding the hell into which Cambodia descended and how far it has come in the years since.
We then travel out of town to the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek. Prisoners from Tuol Sleng followed this same route to their fate. An old Chinese cemetery, Choeng Ek was turned into an extermination camp for political prisoners. The remains of 8985 people were exhumed from mass graves and are kept in a memorial stupa here. Despite the horrors of the past, it is a peaceful place to go and a tranquil spot to reflect on the tragic events that engulfed Cambodia and its people.
We then make for Wat Phnom, a symbol of the city. Located on one of the few hills in this pancake- flat capital, the first pagoda was originally built in 1373 to house Buddha statues discovered in the Mekong by a woman named Penh. This gives us the modern name of the city, Phnom Penh or Hill of Penh. Cambodians come to the shrine to pray for luck in love and life, employment and exams, so there it is always a bustling place.
Accommodation at hotel in Phnom Penh
We explore the stunning Royal Palace complex, home to the Cambodian royal family and a symbol of the nation. We begin amid the beautiful royal gardens, landscaped with tropical plants and studded with gleaming spires. We enter the Throne Hall where the royal receptions are held and the Cambodian king’s coronation took place. We then pass the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century.
We continue to the Silver Pagoda, named after the 5000 silver tiles covering the floor, each weighing 1kg. Inside are some of the country’s most cherished treasures, including a life-size gold Buddha studded with 9584 diamonds, the largest weighing 25 carats. There is also a delicate emerald Buddha made of baccarat crystal, which gives the temple its Khmer name of Wat Preah Keo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).
We leave the Royal Palace and continue to the nearby National Museum, home to the world’s finest collection of sculpture from the Angkor period. The exquisite building was completed between 1917 and 1920 and features a lush courtyard garden surrounded by collections from the pre-Angkor, Angkor and post-Angkor periods. We concentrate on the incredible sandstone sculpture from Angkor, as well as the intricate bronzes.
This afternoon, we travel to the Russian Market, one of the premier shopping destinations in the Cambodian capital. Known as Psar Tuol Tom Pong, it earned it nickname in the 1980s, when Russians were the only tourists in Cambodia. A rambling place, it is bursting with bargains, including handicrafts, carvings, silk and textiles, clothing and footwear, and lots of pirated software, CDs and DVDs, not forgetting enough motorcycle parts to assemble a homemade moped.
After some time here to browse or buy, we travel to the impressive Central Market, one of the cities landmarks. Originally completed by the French in 1937, this striking structure is known as Psar Thmei in Khmer or New Market. The huge dome is wonderfully ventilated, a testament to the design, and this market is loaded with anything and everything available in Cambodia. Buy with caution, as this market has a reputation for overcharging or ‘s having your head’ as Cambodians like to call it. We then transfer you to Phnom Penh International Airport for catching onward flight.
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